Madame Tussauds is a celebration of celebrity in all its waxen glory. More than 200 famous people – Oscar winners, sports champions, newsmakers, pop goddesses, historical figures – smile widely and willingly pose for photographs. Where else will you see Jimi, Janis, and Jagger all together, or the Dalai Lama, the Pope, and Gandhi stand side-by-side? It’s a trip through time and a surprisingly educational tour of American popular culture, with some amusement park-style extras thrown in for maximum fun. Most importantly, a visit to Madame Tussauds is all about the photo op; make sure the battery is charged and the memory card cleared.
An elevator whisks you to the top of the five-floor attraction, and guests enter into a grand space that looks like a fancy hotel lobby. This is the Opening Night Party, hosted by a resplendent RuPaul and attended by the kinds of A-list movie stars where single names suffice: Brad and Angelina, Denzel, and Leo. The figures, dressed to the nines, are uncannily realistic. Winding through the halls, you’ll encounter music greats and titans of industry, television personalities, and presidents; each figure has its own plaque in case you don’t recognize who it is right away.